Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 30 March, we want to hear from you!

How do you define spiritual direction? How do you define who is a spiritual director? Share your response now.

Top News

Are you called to join the leadership of Spiritual Directors International?

Spiritual Directors International is governed by the coordinating council—a group of volunteer leaders. Members of the coordinating council serve for three-year terms. In June 2017, SDI will fill the council seat served by John Pollard. The term begins: 1 July 2017.

Read more about the nomination process and discern if this might be a role for you.

Welcome New Staff!

The SDI home office is excited to welcome Divya Jain to the team! Divya is serving as a membership services coordinator. Divya is excited to join the SDI team! She has worked at a non-profit organization before and is looking forward to being a part of the SDI community. Her hobbies are cooking and listening to music. If you want to send Divya a welcome message, she can be reached at



Presence Journal

Have you heard a speaker recently that you think should write for Presence? All referrals welcome, but we are currently looking in particular for individuals with a strong focus on the spiritual director community or “public square;” who can speak to the richness that spiritual director diversity offers; and who live and practice the concept of welcoming the “stranger” or the “other.” Send your suggestions to and Include the speaker’s name and e-mail address and the topic you think he or she should write about.



Featured Resource

Each month, SDI features a resource you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.

  1. Michelle Gorman, RSM, and Colleen Gregg, MA, talk about the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius for our times.

    Questions this video addresses:
    1. What shared ideas and vocabulary might Saint Ignatius and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin have if they were to interact today?
    2. How do the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius call us to use our imaginations?
    3. How might the Spiritual Exercises raise our consciousness?

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and SDI is the place to learn.

Seeking Connection is Around the Corner
Did you know that in addition to the conference, SDI has several one-day institutes? These institutes provide the opportunity to discover and create connection with likeminded individuals.

The Leadership Institute is designed for people currently on staff at formation and training programs or who plan to develop formation and training programs. Come wrestle with how spiritual directors might be an instrument of change in the world.

The Men’s Institute will provide a space for men to discuss spirituality; reflect on how their sense of masculinity and sexuality has been shaped by religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions; and how men can mentor other men in fostering healthy male identity in their spiritual journey.

The Spirituality and Health Care Institute is for people who are committed to integrating spirituality and health care. Everyone is welcome including nurses, chaplains, home health aides, psychologists, social workers, hospice workers, and more. Together, we will learn how to create and maintain connections for spiritual sustainability and enrichments.

The Writers Institute is a new offering this year! Offered Sunday afternoon following the conference, come to learn from an insider about writing and the publishing game. Our facilitators have decades of publishing experience and will be glad to share with you the ins and outs of both writing and publishing. Bring your questions!

If you haven’t registered for the conference, it’s not too late! Register today.

Volunteers Needed!

Are you registered for the Seeking Connection conference? We need your help!

Volunteers are essential to create the conference. There are many ways to help: sign-up to assemble participant folders, set-up or teardown, serve at the registration desk, or welcome people at the hospitality table. E-mail today and we will find the perfect fit for you! Thank you for your commitment to make Seeking Connection an unforgettable experience.

SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 19 March and be entered to win an SDI goodie! The winner* will be notified 20 March and announced in the following month's issue of Discover.

Which of the 2017 educational events attract you most? HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our February winner was Greg Russell who received an SDI Webinar. Congratulations, Greg!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

Sacred U
Registration has begun for the Interfaith Amigos’ upcoming online course, Peace through Spiritual Practice, beginning March 27th. This four week interactive course teaches specific spiritual practices designed to help you find deeper spiritual grounding for your important work in the world. If you’ve never met this year’s Seeking Connection keynote speakers—Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman—you’re in for a rare treat!

Join hands with The Interfaith Amigos in this one-of-a-kind experiential course. Click for a preview to the course, plus a 10% discount code for all of our friends at SDI: FREE PREVIEW.


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